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bell pepper The best known of American sweet peppers it belongs to the Capsicum family like the chile pepper but is mild, sweet flavored and crisp. Though most often bright green, there are also red, yellow, orange, purple and brown varieties. They may be used in cooking or eaten raw, with seeds and stems removed.
Bellini Italian drink made with champagne and peach nectar.
beni shoga Ginger root pickled with sweet vinegar and colored red. Often served with sushi in thin slices. Also known as gari.
berbere Ethiopian spice blend used in stews and soups.
besan Indian flour made from ground, dried chickpeas. Used as a thickener, and in doughs and noodles. Highly nutritious.
betty Baked pudding made from sugar, spices, fruit, butter, and breadcrumbs. Very old, colonial American dessert, though Betty Rubble was much older still.
beurre blanc French sauce, meaning "white butter". Made with wine, vinegar, and shallots reduced over heat, into which butter is whisked until the sauce is thick.
beurre manie A sauce thickener of softened butter combined with an equal amount of flour. Small pieces can be stirred into broth to thicken.
biltong From Africa; air-dried, cured meat strips. Like American beef jerky, but considered finer. Made from beef or game.
bisque A thick soup made of pureed seafood and cream.

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